Exquisite pre-birthday dinner at Picholine on Saturday night (Picholine will be closed for my birthday for a month's vacation). From the moment I entered the restaurant until I left, I was treated as a "queen". Service was stellar--always attentive and friendly. My water glass was never left less than 2/3 full throughout my dinner; loved that they serve Badoit for sparkling water. I had a lovely pomegranate spritzer for my "mocktail". I had decided on the 8 course tasting menu, and every dish was excellent and a perfect sized portion (various amuses; crab and avocado roulade; seared foie gras; scallop; risotto with summer truffles; squab with foie gras pain perdu; raclette; meyer lemon mousse; dark chocolate brownie with bacon meringue and minted pea ice cream; mignardises). Loved the finger bowl brought with the squab so that I could thoroughly enjoy the tiny drumstick. Loved that they brought an extra dessert with a candle and an inscription in chocolate wishing me "Happy Birthday" with my name on it (personalization does count!). Also loved that they printed "Happy Birthday" again with my name on the menu, and gave me an envelope with my menu before I left (only Per Se has done that for me; EMP did that for my mother a few years ago). I haven't dined at Picholine since June 2012, but I can guarantee that I'll be returning much more frequently in the future.